Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine / 2009 / Article

Review | Open Access

Volume 6 |Article ID 143853 | 6 pages | https://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nem149

Humor and Laughter May Influence Health IV. Humor and Immune Function

Received25 Jul 2007
Accepted26 Jul 2007

Abstract

This is the final article in a four part series reviewing the influence of humor and laughter on physiological and psychological well-being. This final article reviews the evidence for the effect of sense of humor, exposure to a humor stimulus and laughter on various immune system components, with a focus on the effects of laughter on natural killer cell cytotoxicity.

Copyright © 2009 Mary Payne Bennett and Cecile Lengacher. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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